The Dick Camplin Education Trust (DCET) was established in 2007 by David Camplin, a retired secondary school deputy headteacher and local authority advisor, and Nigel Hirst, Managing Director of Haden Freeman Ltd, a chemical engineering firm. It provides Scholarships, to the value of £1000 to students from Loreto College, Hulme, and Salford City College who have overcome significant barriers to gain a place at University.
Up to 20 scholarships are awarded each year following competitive application, successful Scholars being selected following interview by senior staff at the two colleges. The Trust also provides additional support on an individual needs basis, and helps with the purchase of appropriate clothing for work.
Apart from financial aid the Trust maintains a close personal contact with Scholars and provides peer mentors, help with essay writing and proof reading, access to a life coach, preparation of CV's and letters of application, the provision of a very few internships - and even early morning calls